Monday, April 11, 2011

Mamata: If bribed, buy biryani but don't give vote

Habibpur (West Bengal), April 10 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Sunday cautioned the people in West Bengal that efforts could be made to bribe them for votes and advised them to have biryani and snacks with the bucks offered, but 'don't give your vote'.

'They will try to give bribe, offer money and will ask you to vote for them. Take the money and have snacks and biryani with it. But do not give them a single vote. Vote only for Trinamool and alliance candidates,' Banerjee chuckled additonally addressing her first public meeting here in Malda district for the upcoming bunch elections.

Banerjee, the union railway minister, furthermore termed the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders touring the state as fair-weather friends.

She appealed to the people 'not to consume a single vote' on the BJP.

'They are all fair-weather friends. You won't submit them during the trouble of Nandigram, Singur, Netai, Nanoor. You is able to alone receive them throughout the election season. Don't waste your vote by voting for BJP. They are immaterial in Bengal politics,' said Banerjee.

'The state BJP has teamed up with the CPI-M (Communist Party of India - Marxist) to grab a few votes. Every time they do the same thing. This time also properties are making an effort to do that,' she alleged.

Banerjee also portrayed the independent candidates fielded by dissident Congress leaders as 'agents' of the state's ruling CPI-M who want to benfit the Marxists by cutting into the opposition vote bank.

Several Congress leaders, especially in Malda and Murshdabad, who got not happy with alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool, have decided to field independent candidates.

The Trinamool has fielded 227 candidates while its alliance partner Congress has 65 for the six-phase polls in the state coming up April 18.


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